CNN's poll on the No Fly Zone puts support for the strategy at 70 percent. That's not surprising. Seventy-seven percent of Americans think it's important that Gaddafi be removed from power. But look at the answer to this question:
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?
Only 50 percent of voters do; 41 percent don't. That's largely because of a huge partisan divide on the question. Sixty-three percent of Republicans disapprove of Obama's handling of Libya, to 27 percent who approve. Seventy-six percent of Tea Party "supporters" disapprove of Obama's handling of it. But 73 percent of Tea Partiers and 78 percent of Republicans support the NFZ -- they're by far the biggest supporters of the strategy.
Some advocates of the NFZ, like John McCain, have fretted that it should have been launched earlier, and delay has been problematic. I'm sure some of the low GOP support number can be pinned on that. I'd bet the rest of it is a result of the
occasionally-coherent criticism of GOP leaders
, who have called Obama out for "dithering" even as he moved toward the response they wanted.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union